Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning

The brochure provides an overview of Environmental Planning.

CE Assignment and NEPA Assignment

The assumption of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

NEPA Guidance and Forms
Guidance for Federal-Aid Projects

A repository for guidance and documents related to environmental clearances for ADOT projects.  

Streamlining and Project Development
The ADOT Quick Reference Guide helps Environmental Planners and all Project Team members expedite environmental review of Local Public Agency projects.
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Water Resources

The ADOT Water Resources Group oversees regulatory requirements on surface and groundwater for ADOT activities and is responsible for improving water quality in by promoting innovative best management practices, providing effective water quality education, and facilitating cooperation among ADOT and affected stakeholders.

Air Quality
Air Quality

The ADOT Air Quality Planning Group works to enhance air quality through congestion mitigation, air quality programs, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning activities to implement provisions required in the Clean Air Act to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards throughout Arizona.


The ADOT Noise Team works to provide procedures for noise studies and noise abatement measures, supply noise abatement criteria, and to establish requirements for information to be given to local officials for use in the planning and design of highways approved pursuant to Title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.).

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The ADOT Biology Program is comprised of biologists and specialists focused on evaluating sensitive species, developing appropriate conservation measures and coordinating the biological components of ADOT projects and operations with land managing and resource agencies and Arizona tribes.

Cultural Resources

The ADOT Historic Preservation Team members are responsible for the inventory and evaluation of cultural resources within ADOT’s right-of-way, and for ensuring that ADOT construction, maintenance, and operations activities are in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Arizona Historic Preservation Act, and other relevant state and federal regulations.

Hazardous Materials

ADOT projects that entail, subsurface excavation, structure demolition or renovation, property acquisition, and other significant actions with potential impacts to the environment, must have an assessment performed to determine the potential liabilities, health and safety concerns, and other consequences related to the presence of hazardous material impacts. These assessments are generally performed under the guidelines of the EPA, FHWA, ASTM, OSHA, & ADEQ.

Material Source Guidance

For any given project, the contractor supplies the needed materials by using either an ADOT-licensed source or a contractor-furnished source. Whether the material source is an ADOT-licensed source or contractor-furnished source, it requires environmental approval prior to every use.

Bank Protection on SR 89A

A repository for guidance and documents related to maintenance activities and encroachments permits.


Upcoming and suggested environmental training.



ADOT is dedicated to being a leader in initiatives and programs that support and protect the environment and the quality of life for all of Arizona. Read more about some of the ways ADOT is identifying and addressing environmental issues in our state.

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Approved Environmental Documents

A list of recently approved Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements.

Public Notice of Section 4(f) Parks and historic Sites
A Section 4(f) property is defined as publicly owned land of a park, recreation area, or wildlife and waterfowl refuge of national, state, or local significance, or land of a historic site of national, state, or local significance.  23 CFR 774 requires that a “Use” of a Section 4(f) property requires public notice and an opportunity to review and comment. This page provides a list of Section 4(f) properties that are available for public review and comment.
Additional Resources

Forms and templates are here for ADOT staff and consultants.

Contact Us

Find the appropriate Environmental Planning contact here.

The Arizona Ombudsman – Citizens Aide helps you resolve ongoing issues with State Agencies.

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.